A Malaysian restaurant on Broadway Street.
Four co-workers and myself went here for lunch on a friday in November 2008.
We started with a flatbread similar to Naan served with a warm mildly spicy thin curry sauce. The bread was flaky yet soft with a warm buttery flavour.
I had the vegetarian curry with coconut milk and rice. The price was very reasonable. It was 6.95 for a very tasty full meal. It was presented beautifully. It was not too rich. the vegetables were crisp and flavourful, the sauce was rich, mildly spiced and comforting and the rice was sticky and nutty.
In this area with overpriced restaurant lunches, Banana Leaf is a gem.
This was our second visit, and both times we were impressed. the food is very tasty with lots of ethnic seasoning, although I did find a couple of dishes a little over salted, but not to the point that we couldn't enjoy them. The service is great and they happily helped us with some excellent choices. The room is very bright and comfortable.
I especially liked the crab and the satays, we will defenitly go back
I came here with my father and sister on a whim. I had always wanted to try Banana Leaf after hearing that they were similar to Tropika, but had slightly cheaper prices. We were seated right away. Service was good. Our water glasses were always full, we never had to ask for refills. Although at times different staff would come by and ask us if we wanted dessert twice, but no big deal. We ordered similar dishes from Tropika (for comparison purposes?) Maybe it's me, but I think Banana Leaf has slightly bigger portions. The food was excellent for the most part. Our server (I think it was the manager who took our order) was very friendly when we asked him to suggest a noddle dish. If I had to say anything about the food it would be perhaps that the Hainanese could have been a little more fragrant. Overall, a great experience. I'll definitely come back.
My newfound obsession for sweet coconut curries and rice was satisfied with their chicken curry (don't quite remember the name) and their coconut rice! I had heard so many things about this restaurant, so when I finally went, I was pleasantly surprised that it was as good as I imagined, and the staff here are friendly too -- but yes, they are slightly overpriced.
I could eat here everyday!
I love love love the spicy lamb and the mussels in the turmeric and coconut sauce (drools). The satays come with the most delicious peanut sauce.
I have tried so many dishes here and have been impressed with all of them (even the one with eggplant- and I don't really like eggplant!)
The service is quick and the restaurant is beautifully decorated!
Make a reservation on weekends because its a very popular place!
Its been a long time since ive been to Banana Leaf and from what i recall it was pretty good back in the day. It was nice to see that they've expanded and and the setting was nice. We had the appetizer sampler, a laksa noodle, and the beef curry. I have to say i was really dissapointed with everything but the roti in the sampler. Portions are fine, but taste is another story. The laksa was so bland like it was watered down. And the beef curry wasnt anything special and tasted like something at the aberdeen center food court. The spring rolls were mushy, and probably better off buying frozen ones at Costco. Definately wont be going back.
I was there for a bowl of Laksa. The potion is ok. The taste is ok. Not memorable. I had better Laksa somewhere in East Van. It is way over priced. It is like going to Macdonold and paying 13$ for a burger.
Will I go again? No. i wouldnt.
Would i recommend this place? Nope. not for the food.
There are places that charge a premium for some very good food. The is place is charging for a premium for just so so food. the food is not bad, just so so. kind of like macdonld food to me
We found a very large rock, about the size of a gold ball in our meal!! It was beyond belief!! What was worse was that the waiter didn't seem to care. He just shrugged his shoulders and said nothing, as if it happened daily. We were shocked again! There was no offer to replace the dish no offer of compensation, nothing!! I used to like this restaurant, not now.
BE VERY CAUTIOUS. DO NOT EAT HERE IF YOU VALUE YOUR TEETH!!!
Why people like this place?, food is overpriced, in general a bad choice. It is like going to Margaritas in Kitsilano for Mexican food, again a really bad choice. And what is even funnier, people waits in line for this restaurant. Paying 17 for a pseudo meat stew of only three small pieces of meat and one bone is really worthless to try.
I had not been back to this place for many years and for some reason I was so craving for Nasi Lemak that day. My friend had the pineapple fried rice. Rice was a bit bland but acceptable. However, the pineapple shell looked as if it had been used before. I had the rendang beef instead of Nasi Lemak simply because it had shrimps and squids in there, both I'm allergic to. Anything "seafood" on the menu pretty much has shrimps and squids. Rendang beef was quite good but needed more salt. Being from SE Asia myself, I found the food acceptable depending on what you order I guess. However, what happened later made us almost puke. I went to the washroom, a waiter came in to use the toilet. After I came out my friend went in there. Later, he told me the waiter just walked out without washing his hands. I told him he must be kidding because the waiter was in there for No. 1!!! I would never go back to eat there again. I know we dont' see what goes on in the kitchen but seeing this for ourselves and how ignorance this waiter was simply ruined our otherwise decent lunch.
i would say that this is one of the best Malaysian restaurants that I've ever been to. the food was great, although they could have put more meat and rice on their entrees. great service though. a little bit pricey but hey, your eating great food. and i guess since that their business is already booming... they could put more tables and chairs now so that they could seat more people.
My wife and I dined at the Banana Leaf on a Friday afternoon. It was empty at first but got really busy just as we were leaving. We had the roti canai to start. It's bread with curry dip and was quite tasty. I had the rendang beef for lunch and it had just the right amount of spice. The atmostsphere (music and decorations) is perfect. Some of the servers wore too much makeup but on the positive side they serve the best coke in town!!!
April 4, 2008
Ordered "Beef Rendang"...and I got "beef curry" as he said "beef curry" as he laid it on my table. Cut into 1" cubes; couldn't figure out which cut of the cow this was.
Last year Banana Leaf was Malaysian. It had that dried shrimp paste grittyness that Malaysian food usually has; like how Thai food has that aromatic-spicy after-taste. The rest of the food was edible. BTW, the staff didn't speak Malaysian and when does kangkung go into season? You can't eat Good Service & Ambiance
Compared to Malay Satay in Bellevue and Seattle this place is a Chinese restaurant.
The place was supremely busy when I visited, but I still received excellent service and great food. Server was very attentive and made great recommendations. I'm a seafood buff, and this was heaven. The mussel was plumb, in a sauce that I was slurping to the end. Sambal tiger prawns were slightly greasy, but more than made up for in flavor. Other stand-outs include the roti and the curry beef. I would definitely come again.
I don't know why this restaurant has 3 and a half stars because it deserves two max. The server mumbled and asked what we wanted to drink after about 1 minute of being seated. (This is my pet peeve!! I haven't even opened a menu-how the hell do I know what I want?) In the rice section, every dish was fried. In the vegetable section, every dish had "shrimps" in it or shrimp paste. You can ask for it without, but why every dish? We ordered a veg. dish of eggplant, okra and beans which could've been good, but was a bit greasy. We did find a rice dish (Nasi Goreng) in another section of the menu which wasn't fried so we ordered that. It was supposed to have tomatoes and tofu and it came with 3 pieces tofu and 2 pieces of tomato which were both from the core. I have had this dish at another restaurant and it was far better there. Who wants to pay $10 for a crappy oily dish of rice with some veg scraps thrown in? My friend also ordered the chicken satay which looked deep fried. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone unless I knew they liked grease. The decor also seemed dark and cold although it does depend on your seat. Ours was probably the worst.
I am ADDICTED to this place. I think I can have the roti from Banana Leaf every day for the rest of my life and I'll never get bored. I think it's pretty cool that they boast Malaysian authenticity. I don't really know, I've never been to Malaysia, but it's definitely good enough for me. The decor is pretty cool. The waitresses are beautiful. They are super busy at the Broadway locaton, so the service can be a little bit lacking at times, but they do the best they can for how crazy it gets, so that's points from me on that count.
Must try's include sambal green beans, the aforementioned roti, the rendang beef. If you can afford it, go for the Singapore chili crab. It has me licking my fingers every time.
The Banana Leaf has never disappointed me. The food always tastes fresh and delicious. I think it's hard to find really good Malaysian food in Vancouver, so I'm glad for this place. It's also a nice way to introduce people to southeast Asian cuisine.
One of my favorites in Vancouver. Something for almost every taste, and extremely creative dishes. Seafood, chicken, meats, vegetarian, its all here with numerous tantalizing sauces to chose from. One can taste influences from several different countries, and the explosion of flavors is wonderful.
Can get very busy, so reservations are definitely recommended. You still may have to wait a bit, but I suppose their popularity proves they are doing something right.
Had a small get-together on Friday evening... the food isn't as tasty as it once used to be. My family friends said, "the other restaurant on Broadway has better tasting food", I think I'll have to give it a "go".
The cocunut rice has no abundant aroma of coconut, unless they just pour a little coconut milk into the rice when it's boiling which would make this dish bland to the taste anyways.
The roti canai is just okay, it's way better at Tropika! The appetizers were pleasant and we enjoyed them more than the main dishes, smaller bite sizes make the taste and flavour jump out at you.
"What's with all the peanuts in everything"? I don't understand the whole and crushed peanuts in every food dish, if it doesn't say "peanuts" in the menu for the dish item, then don't put them in. You kill the palate, and it over-powers every dish!
Nuts in the mango ice cream - what the hell? Nuts in the fried banana with vanilla ice cream - again, what the hell?
Bland, bland, bland...
OMG the roti here is beyond amazing! drinks were weaksauce as hell though, left without even being tipsy after 3 drinks. menu's pretty varied, not too expensive and very tasty. we ordered a group meal with 7 or 8 courses for a set price and it was enough food to feed the circus. ambience was nothing to write home about and same about the service.